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Massachusetts Avenue Bridge, Spanning Rock Creek & Potomac Parkway, Washington, District of Columbia, DC



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B&W Photos

HB300052
Aerial View Of Southwest Elevation, Looking North

HB300053
Aerial View Looking Northwest Along Massachusetts Avenue

HB300054
Southwest Elevation, Looking North From Parkway

HB300055
Historic View Of Old Massachussetts Avenue Culvert With Tunnel Opening, Through Which The Parkway Passed, Pre-1940

HB300056
Historic View Of Old Massachussetts Avenue Culvert Being Demolished, And 'new' Massachussetts Avenue Bridge Overhead, July 1941


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Item Title


Location
Spanning Rock Creek & Potomac Parkway, Washington, DC

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER DC-22
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (N131).
Building/structure dates: 1939 initial construction
Significance: This bridge, on axis with Massachusetts Avenue, replaced an earth-fill crossing that had been constructed in 1901; it was breached by a culvert through which a narrow two-lane road later passed. That viaduct constricted the traffic flow of the Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway and obstructed the open-valley landscape. The design of the new bridge allowed the parkway to pass underneath its large arch, and it harmonized with the pre-existing bridges over Rock Creek. The same team of designers was responsible for this bridge as for the contemporary K Street Bridge.

Subjects
Arch Bridges
Transportation
Causeways


Related Names
Justement, Louis
Harrington & Cortelyou
Potts & Callahan Company
Wilson, Brig Gen. John M.
Gaillard, Capt. D. D.
Miller, Lt Col. A. M.
Boucher, Jack E., Photographer


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. AERIAL VIEW OF SOUTHWEST ELEVATION, LOOKING NORTH
2. AERIAL VIEW LOOKING NORTHWEST ALONG MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE
3. SOUTHWEST ELEVATION, LOOKING NORTH FROM PARKWAY
4. HISTORIC VIEW OF OLD MASSACHUSSETTS AVENUE CULVERT WITH TUNNEL OPENING, THROUGH WHICH THE PARKWAY PASSED, PRE-1940. MLK LIBRARY.
5. HISTORIC VIEW OF OLD MASSACHUSSETTS AVENUE CULVERT BEING DEMOLISHED, AND 'NEW' MASSACHUSSETTS AVENUE BRIDGE OVERHEAD, JULY 1941. MLK LIBRARY, NEGATIVE #1533.


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